Skip to main content?

Episode 23 | How do we make life into art, and vice versa?

Project Row Houses is a neighborhood based nonprofit art and cultural organization working on grassroots development in Houston’s 3rd Ward.

SOCIAL DESIGN INSIGHTS
Episode 23 | How do we make life into art, and vice versa?
00:00:00
00:26:53

About Project Row Houses
In 1993, a group of high school students came to visit artist Rick Lowe’s studio. Lowe had recently moved to Houston’s Northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African American communities, and his work commented on social issues he saw around him. In teenage fashion, one of the students spoke up bluntly. “That work doesn’t change anything,” he said. Then he went on to pose this challenge: if Lowe is an artist, why doesn’t he come up with creative solutions?

This got Lowe to thinking. Inspired in part by African American muralist John Biggers, who painted black neighborhoods of shotgun houses as places of pride not poverty and German artist Joseph Beuys who addressed how people shape their worlds, Lowe engaged six other African American artists. Together they began to explore how they as artists could be a community resource and catalyst for change.

Project Row Houses is a Curry Stone Foundation Social Design Circle Honoree. Read more about it here.

Credits

Social Design Insights would like to thank all those who make our weekly show possible: Baruch Zeichner, our sound engineer, Donna Read, for producing our video content, and Taryn Turner, Director of the Curry Stone Foundation, for pulling everything together.